The kids are restless
They just need something to do
From Ilford to Ladywell
The streets have become cruel

He said
"I will not listen and I won't be told
England is mine, I will take what I want"
He said
"I will not listen and I won't be told
We will roam these satanic mills"

They stood on his fingers
Kicked the back of his head like a ball
They filmed the beating
On their mobile phones

She said
"I will not listen and I won’t be told
England is mine, I will take what I want"
She said
"I will not listen and I won’t be told
We will make up our own rules"

I'm waiting for something cruel,
I'm waiting for something cruel,
I'm waiting for something cruel,
I'm waiting for something cruel,
I'm just waiting for something cruel,
I'm just waiting for something cruel,
I'm waiting for something cruel to happen


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England song meanings
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    General CommentI think this one's about being afraid of youth culture today, with happy slapping etc. The 2nd verse is about the gay barman who was beaten to death by a gang in London around a year ago. Such a beautiful song.
    BlocHead88on February 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is too good to be a b-side
    bloc_party15on February 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i feel the same about a couple of their other b-sides, too good to be b.
    lodogon February 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the second verse is about Kele's cousin who was beaten to death by some happy slapping people. Read that in an reliable magazine.
    mirko_fullbackon March 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom Ilford to Ladywell (the bus kele caught to go to school)
    this is about abviously bullys/streets these days
    ffafbfmvon March 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this one's about being afraid of youth culture today, with happy slapping etc. The 2nd verse is about the gay barman who was beaten to death by a gang in London around a year ago. Such a beautiful song.

    yeah i saw that in an interveiw thats right =[
    damm awful things happen these days
    ffafbfmvon March 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is like the song of the day for me - me and 3 16 year old friends were savaged last night because we didnt want to give a bunch of chavs our ball. Let's all do "a Kele" and quit this shit heap country.
    thedansteron April 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah I think the meaning is spot on, and I think its something most people can relate to, basicly chavs. Things just seem to be getting worse too. But its one of my fav bloc party songs, they all are amazing tho!
    indieTon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is far too amazing.
    the music is beautiful.
    it nearly made me cry.
    i love how there's just so much more beyond the lyrics and music with bloc party.
    no other band right now could do a song like this.
    and if they did, i doubt they'd carry it off.
    __like_pixie_duston May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an Observer interview, Kele said he was sick of violence, particuarly racially and homophobically motivated and fears something's going to happen to him - he said he used to get abuse when he hung out with his white female housemate because they were presumed to be a mixed race couple. He's highlighting that this element is still present in England. The waiting for something cruel to happen is him thinking it's going to happen to him, it's just a matter of time.

    It wasn't actually his cousin who was killed - it was the son of his mother's best friend who he referred to as being like a cousin, I think anyway.
    Whillon October 07, 2007   Link

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